athens airport to piraeus

By Taxi

The taxi rank is to the left as you exit the arrivals area (between Exits 2 and 3). Standard yellow taxis are available around the clock (black taxis are luxury limos and will cost double). There may be a bit of a queue, but it typically moves quickly. The fare from the airport to Piraeus runs around €54 during the day (5 a.m. to midnight) and €70 at night  (midnight to 5 a.m.). There is an information desk inside the arrivals terminal where you can double-check the current rates. The distance to Piraeus is 50 kilometer and depending on traffic, the journey generally takes around 45 minutes.

The taxi driver will drop you right at the Hellenic Seaways departure gate and for a tip will help you carry your luggage to the quay.

If you feel more comfortable, you can do that by phone or online. Booking ahead can ensure that your driver will meet you as you exit the customs area and help you with your luggage. A number of services are available online, but we can recommend

The X96 bus awaiting departure to Piraeus

By Bus

The X96 bus stop is located outside exit 5 (turn right as you exit customs and enter the arrivals area. Tickets (€ 6 in 2019; children under age six travel for free). Tickets are available from the bus drivers and from the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area. The bus leaves every half hour, 23 hours per day, and stops a number of times on the way. Piraeus is the last stop. The distance to Piraeus is 50 kilometers, and the trip should take about 60 to 75 minutes.

Depending on traffic, the trip from the airport can take as long as 90 minutes. When booking boat tickets, it’s important to leave plenty of time (about 3 hours) for the journey as well as clearing immigration, baggage claim, and customs. In summer the boats fill up quickly, particularly on weekends, so reservations are recommended. If you don’t allow enough time and miss your boat, you might find the next one is full.

Once on the bus, be sure to validate your ticket to avoid a fine if an undercover inspector happens to be aboard. Just stick your ticket into the red validating machine mounted on a pole toward the center of the bus.

You will want to debark in Piraeus at the stop across a very busy street from Gate E8. Watch for other passengers debarking with luggage or ask your driver to signal when you’ve arrived at the correct stop. Scroll down for a map of where the bus will drop you off.


By Metro

The metro station is a short walk from the arrival gate outside the airport, across the street, on the second level. To reach Piraeus, you will take the blue line to Monasteraki and there switch to the green line to Piraeus.

The metro runs between 06:30 a.m. and 23:30 p.m. and leaves from Athens airport metro station every 30 minutes. The trip from the airport to Monasteraki station takes 40 minutes; after your connection, the trip will take another 30 minutes to Piraeus Port. You’ll want to account for the transfer time, which varies but does include a decent walk between platforms.

Ticket for one person (one-way): €10
Children up to 6 years old: Free

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Athens Airport Metro page.

The metro station in Piraeus is located a few blocks from the Hellenic Seaways departure gate.

Hellenic Seaways Departure Area

In addition to the ticket kiosk, the Hellenic Seaways departure area provides public restrooms, an air-conditioned waiting area as well as an outdoors waiting area, and a small kiosk for snacks and drinks. 

The open-air passenger waiting area, concessions stand, and ticket kiosk.

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